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Learn about history of Labor Day at DL Library

‘Labor Day’ by Mir Tamim Ansary is available at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. SUBMITTED PHOTO

We all know Labor Day is that long weekend before the kids go back to school, but why do we celebrate it?

According to the United States Department of Labor website, we celebrate the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

The Central Labor Union was behind the first Labor Day celebration, which took place Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.  To learn more, come to your library!

“Labor Day,” by Mir Tamim Ansary.

It is the first Monday in September and school is closed. But do you know why? It’s Labor Day, of course!

Turn the pages of this book to find out: why parks are crowded on Labor Day, why today’s children go to school and do not work in factories, why Americans rest on a holiday that celebrates working.

Each book in the Holiday Histories series describes one of America’s holidays or special days.

Explore the history of each day and learn the real reason why it is important.

Discover what special meaning each day might have for you.

“Labor Day,” directed by Jason Reitman (DVD).

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride.

As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Library Happenings

Come enjoy a little storytime at Thursday Morning Adventures and Saturday Stories, on Thursday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

These events are geared towards preschoolers and their families. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other larger groups are asked to call ahead.

Mark your calendars for Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. for the Community Drum Workshop event!

Spirit will be here to teach basic hand drumming techniques while incorporating life principles and encouraging all to share in the universal language of music.

Fun for all ages! No admission and open to the public.

This special Minnesota Legacy event sponsored in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Fund.

There’s still time to book a seat on our Bus Tour!

Adults 18 years or older are welcome to join us for a trip on Saturday, Sept. 13 to visit the Lindbergh Historic Site in Little Falls and the nearby Minnesota Military Museum located on the grounds of Camp Ripley.

Transportation and venue admission are free, courtesy of Minnesota Legacy funds.

Bring money for food and incidentals.

Bus will leave the Library at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m.

Registration is required. Call or stop by the Library for more information and to register.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online  at

Detroit Lakes Public Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.